Wooden shoes trails are fun! I like wooden shoes trails so much that I have already chosen another one. In this blog, just a short description of the trail (a trail shortener 😉), a few photos and a simple sketch to illustrate. Nothing more. No need for a hiking map, the info on the website is clear enough.
This time I chose the Jorden trail.
The Jorden trail is 16 km long, but you can shorten the trail to 13 km. The official starting point is at Battery Poederoijen. I started in Giessen, which is easier to reach by public transport. Still, I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to spend a bit longer on the bus, rather than taking such a approach trail every time. It makes the already quite long trail even longer.
So I walk from Giessen across the Afgedamde Maas to the Bommelerwaard region. Just after the Afgedamde Maas near the nature reserve and hamlet of Poederoijensehoek, the wooden shoe trail begins for me. Further on, there is an alternative trail because the dike is closed until fallen trees are cleared. Apparently that takes a very long time, as the path is closed until 2023.
At the end of the dike, Battery Brakel (a defence structure) is hidden somewhere. However, I do see the floodplains of Munnikenland with the river Waal behind them. The marking of the wooden shoes trail is hidden behind an overhanging bush, so I walk straight in the wrong direction. Fortunately, I soon realised, otherwise I would have ended up at Slot Loevestein.
Back I go along a winding dike where a sheep approaches me curiously. A little later, I go down the dike into the floodplains. I walk past beautiful Waal beaches and make a 360-degree video. A dog runs after a hare, luckily the hare outruns him.
(almost) 360 degree video of Waal beach at Munnikenland
Leaving the floodplains, I am in the town of Brakel. In the middle of the town, you can choose for the trail shortener. This trail is 3 km shorter and goes straight from Brakel towards Poederoijen along the Burgermeester Posweg. I take the long trail myself. Just past Brakel, near Zuilichem, you can also switch to another wooden shoes trail: the Nywele trail. A blog about this trail will follow soon. I stay on the Jorden trail and in the meantime walk towards Poederoijen.
Trail guide about wooden shoes trails
I have to cross a dike full of nettles and thistles. Not a good idea, so I go for the road next to it. I walk along several nice unpaved paths called Poederoijensche Achterdijk and the Pronk path. If only I had taken the trail shortener, because unfortunately my mobile’s battery is running low (quite appropriate when hiking past Battery Brakel and Poederoijen 😂). I didn’t get to enjoy the nice paths as much due to my mobile running out of battery.
In Poederoijen, I catch the local bus that gives me a tourist trip through the Bommelerwaard region. I never saw battery Poederoijen because it was too far to go back to Giessen again, with or without a flat battery.
A plus for the many unpaved paths and beautiful views over the Waal river and the floodplains of Munnikenland. I found it a long trail, though. Also, this trail is a bit more difficult to reach by public transport.
Tip: Long-distance trails Waterline trail (LAW17) and Pilgrim trail (LAW 7) go through the Bommelerwaard region. The Old Dutch Waterline trail starts at Slot Loevestein and also goes through the Munnikenland nature reserve.
More info:Trail: Wooden shoes trail Jorden trail
Where: Poederoijen and Brakel, Gelderland, the Netherlands.
No. of km: 16 km
Hiking date: 20 June 2022
Materials used in illustration: little sketch with graphite pencil
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More hiking through floodplains
It is great fun and sometimes even challenging (think armpit-high grass) to walk through the floodplains right next to a river. In the blogs below, the trails go through the floodplains of the Lek and Waal rivers.
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